Columbia Pictures has purchased disaster flick ANIMALS from newcomer Mike Sobel, a former criminal lawyer VARIETY reports.
Sony-based Original Films' Neal Moritz will produce; Trevor Engelson and Nick Osbourne are executive producing.
The story revolves around animals turning on humans and taking back their planet.
Sobel was working as a lawyer in New York until a year ago, when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his writing career.
ANIMALS, his first screenplay, was sold for a mid-six figure amount.